Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads

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Wesrern North Carolina had its share of significant roads-the blue Ridge Parkway and the equally spectacular cherohala skyway, the old Mithell and Big tom Wilson motor roads. the infamous"tail of the dragon", the number-one motorcycle and sport car route in the East.

But have you ever wondered what lies down that little-traveled byway heading uphill and into woods, or wanted to knowe the story behind that historical marker by the side of the ...

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Overview

Wesrern North Carolina had its share of significant roads-the blue Ridge Parkway and the equally spectacular cherohala skyway, the old Mithell and Big tom Wilson motor roads. the infamous"tail of the dragon", the number-one motorcycle and sport car route in the East.

But have you ever wondered what lies down that little-traveled byway heading uphill and into woods, or wanted to knowe the story behind that historical marker by the side of the road?

The 21 tours in Touring the Wester North Carolina Backroads cover an area as note worthy for its history as for its mountain scenar. They visit plase and travel in the footsteps of pepple such as the folloing:

Willam Bartram, john Fraser, And AndreMichaux, whose 18th cebtuty explorations for new plant specices resembled the space race of the 1960's.

The defunt Ore Knob Mine, Wherea masked man discovered murdered bodies at the bottom of a 200-foot shaft, launching a sensational series of murder trials.

Dr.John Brinkly, "the Goat-gland King," who perfomed more then 1600 operation to improve patients' sexual Performance.

The site of the Hot Springs hotel where chalet-building, concert-playing Gennan POWs endeared themselves to local folk

The grave of Junaluska, thecherokee chief who saved AndrewJackson's life and carne to regret it

Featuring updated directions and new sites, photographs, and maps, this third edition is ideal for armchair reading or planning an adventure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895871343
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Touring the Backroads Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Tour 1 The Tour of the Lakes 2

Bryson City-Fontana Lake-Tapoco-joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest-Robbinsville

Tour 2 The Chief Junaluska Tour 18

Robbinsville-Topton-Andrews-Tatham Gap-Cherohala Skyway-Tellico Plains-Coker Creek-Murphy

Tour 3 Ihe Cherokee County Tour 34

Andrews-Marble-Peachtree-Murphy-Lake Hiwassee-Fields of the Wood-Murphy

Tour 4 The Standing Indian Tour 46

Murphy-Brasstown-Hayesville-Chunky Gal Mountain-Standing Indian Mountain-Winding Stair Gap-Franklin

Tour 5 The Nantahala Tour 60

Franklin-Cowee Valley-Nantahala Gorge-Wayah Bald-Franklin

Tour 6 The Highlands Tour 74

Franklin-Cullasaja Gorge-Highlands- Stumphouse Tunnel-Whiteside Cove-Highlands

Tour 7 The Cashiers Tour 90

Sapphire-Gorges State Park-Whitewater Falls-Cashiers-Whiteside Mountain-Glenville Lake-Judaculla Rock-Cullowhee-Sylva-Dillsboro

Tour 8 The Cradle of Forestry Tour 106

Pisgah Forest-Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway-Cradle of Forestry-Sun-burst-Tanasee Bald-Lake Toxaway

Tour 9 The Historic Flat Rock Tour 120

Loop of Historic Flat Rock Community

Tour 10 The Hunting Country Tour 132

Saluda-Tryon-Old Hunting Country

Tour 11 The Hickory Nut Gorge Tour 144

Hickory Nut Gap-Bat Cave-Hickory Nut Gorge-Chimney Rock-Lake Lure-Columbus

Tour 12 The Haywood to Madison Tour 158

Cove Creek-Haywood County-Hot Springs-Paint Rock Corridor-Marshall-Woodfin

Tour 13 The Mars Hill to Burnsville Tour 174

Tour 14 The Overmountain Victory Trail Tour 188

Pleasant Gardens-Lake Tahoma-Mount Mitchell-Micaville-Penland-Spruce Pine-Plum Tree-Cranberry

Tour 15 The Roan Mountain Tour 204

Elk Park-Roan Mountain-Bakersville-Kona-Burnsville

Tour 16 The Valle Crucis Tour 214

Blowing Rock-Shulls Mill-Valle Crucis-Banner Elk-Elk Park

Tour 17 The Globe Tour 230

Blowing Rock-The Globe-Gragg-Yonahlossee Trail-Blowing Rock

Tour 18 The Brown Mountain Tour 240

Morganton-Brown Mountain-Wilson Creek-Mortimer-Edgemont-Harper Creek and Lost Cove-Jonas Ridge

Tour 19 The Table Rock Tour 252

Morganton-Sitting Bear-Hawksbill-Table Rock-Morganton

Tour 20 The Old Buffalo Trail Tour 262

Deep Gap-Todd-Meat Camp-Elk Knob State Park-Sutherland Valley-Trade-Zionville-Cove Creek-Boone

Tour 21 The New River Tour 274

Roaring Gap-Stone Mountain-Shatley Springs-Healing Springs-West Jeffer-son-New River State Park-Glendale Springs

Appendix 292

Bibliography 302

Index 306

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    This is a great paper back book to give as a gift to anyone that does not live in my beautiful state/ Great stories great refresher of things you already knew and forgot and wonderful writing. I recommend this book to everyone even those living in The Great North State

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